Lemon and Almond Cupcakes- Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge

Today is BEHIND THE CURTAIN DESSERT CHALLENGE  REVEAL DAY! For this month’s reveal, our challenge was to make a dessert using almond paste and pastry of some sort. I chose to make Lemon and Almond Cupcakes.

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What is the Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge?

Every month we are assigned two ingredients (this month it was Almond Paste and Pastry)  we are to take those two ingredients and create or find a recipe using the chosen ingredients.

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Back to my yummy recipe :)

These cupcakes turned out SO good. I had never baked with almond paste before, but I now know, I will be baking with this substance a lot more in the coming months.

Lemon and Almond Cupcakes- Behind the Curtain Dessert Challenge
  • 1-7 oz box Almond Paste, grated
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • ¼ cup canola oil
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice (2-3 large lemons)
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon rind (only yellow part)
  • 1½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 cups of powdered sugar
  • 1 stick of butter, room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons of milk
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place cupcake liners in muffins tins.
  2. In mixing bowl, mix Almond Paste and sugar until the texture of small crumbs. Add eggs one at a time beating well between each. Add yogurt, oil, lemon juice and rind. Beat until well combined.
  3. Sift flour and baking powder into almond mixture. Beat until mixed, scraping the bottom and sides of bowl. Spoon batter into liners, a bit more than ½ full.
  4. Bake cupcakes in center of oven, 20-25 minutes or until tops are nicely rounded and toothpick inserted in middle comes out clean. Start testing at 20 minutes. Cool tins on wire racks for 5 minutes.
  5. Then, transfer cupcakes to wire rack and cool completely.
  6. To make icing, mix together powdered sugar, butter, and milk. If you want a thicker icing, add more powdered sugar. For a thinner icing, add more milk.

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  1. The Ninja Baker says

    Your lemon and almond cupcakes do look and sound very delicious, Jennifer.

    Nice to know that pure buttercream (all butter icing vs. vegetable shortening) can produce thick enough frosting for proper piping.

    Congratulations too on homeschooling and 20 years of marriage =)

    Didn’t realize the photo of my contribution to the Dessert Challenge and link back to my site couldn’t be included later after posting as in other groups.
    Love to have you take a peek at The Ninja Baker’s Petite Almond Puffs.

  2. Sheryl says

    Thank you for sharing your recipe at BEHIND THE CURTAIN CHALLENGE! I can’t wait to see what you create for next month! Pretzels and Caramel! ~Sheryl @ Lady Behind The Curtain~

  3. Carole says

    These look wonderful. I just made an almond and fresh lemon pound cake, and the recipe called for almond paste as well! So i know it’s a great combination. I’m looking forward to making these cupcakes! Thanks for this great recipe!

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